Cochrane residents drive 300% increase in water rebate applications

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(Cochrane, AB) – Cochrane residents are stepping up their efforts to conserve water. This year, there has been a remarkable 300% increase in rebate applications for water conservation, showcasing the community's dedication. Furthermore, outdoor water usage has remained consistent, reflecting residents' commitment to sustainable practices even during warmer months.

As part of Cochrane’s effort to protect its natural resources, Cochrane invests annually to provide water conservation rebates to residents. Outdoor water conservation items eligible for rebate include: 

  • lawn alternatives and drought-tolerant ground cover
  • wood mulch for increased water retention
  •  rain barrels for water collection, and 
  • fescue sod for reduced water use. 

Additionally, indoor water conservation rebates are available when opting for a high-efficiency toilet and washing machine in residential and commercial buildings.

“The uptake we have seen in the rebate program really showcases that Cochrane residents care about water conservation and safeguarding our natural resources,” says Shane Hubl, Director of Operations, Town of Cochrane. “These small investments at home make a significant impact in the long run and often result in saving both time and money on yard maintenance. We want to say thank you to the community for their support and continued efforts as we move into warmer summer weather.”

Typically, residential water use increases by 30% in the spring and summer months. This year, following an extremely wet Spring and a significant uptake in Cochrane's rebate program, the community's water demand has remained below typical Spring usage. 

As of June 2024, data provided by the Provincial Drought portal indicate that drought conditions have improved across the Bow River Basin. Due in part to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures leading to a normal mountain snowpack melt, water supply conditions are looking more normal for this time of year.

“Cochrane residents should be proud knowing that their efforts play a significant role in allowing everyone to access the water they need,” added Hubl.

Water conservation rebates remain available for any eligible purchases made in 2023 and 2024. For more information on our shared efforts to conserve water, visit

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